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Tar Pits Fossil Count

close up of sabertooth skull in fossil lab collections tar pits


This lesson plan will allow students to explore the museum gallery while counting how many herbivore and carnivore fossils they find. Students will then form hypotheses about ancient life based on the numbers of fossils we find at La Brea Tar Pits.

NGSS standards

  • NGSS Appendix F
    • Practice 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8


  • La Brea Tar Pits Museum Gallery